Lentil Stew and Kale chips

So here is our second Vegan meal recipe and review.  With a Vegan diet it can be hard to get enough protein, especially on a budget.  Enter the mighty Lentil.  They are cheap and easy.  (Enter your own joke here.)  Lentils offer a one-two punch of protein and fiber!  We used an Alton Brown recipe that was already vegan, no modifications necessary.

Here is a picture:

Yes I did have to get over its resemblance to the contents of our baby girl's diaper during her first few months of life...but it was sooooo good!

We bought two pounds of lentils for about $2.00  Our total cost were about $18.00 and that was for a double batch that got us 20 servings.  About $.90 a serving.  It would have been a lot cheaper but we used vegetable stock (the recipe calls for veggie or chicken stock), which is hard to find out here cheaply.  I know in New England it averages about $2.00 a quart.  Here in the Midwest it cost us $3.50 a quart.  Chicken stock is cheaper so if you don’t care if it isn’t vegetarian you can go that route. 

Here is the link to Alton Brown’s Lentil Stew: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/lentil-soup-recipe/index.html

(Note, we did not have the last two spices, instead we added regular cumin, and then nutmeg and paprika.)

Then we made something that sounds CRAZY but trust me it is so delicious!  Kale Chips Recipe:

  • 1 bunch Kale
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar

Wash kale, remove stems and rip into about 2 inch pieces.  Mix other three ingredients  in large bowl.  Add Kale and toss to coat.  Bake at 425 for 5 minutes then toss with tongs and put back in another 2-3 minutes. 

They are as addictive as potato chips!

Jacob says they are ‘skeptical husband approved’.  

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12 responses to “Lentil Stew and Kale chips

  1. We’ve tried the kale chips before and our kids LOVE them. I ususally get a strange look when I tell people that my 6yr old and 4 yr old love kale. Lentils… not so much.

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  3. About the stock — don’t buy it ready-made, or you’re just paying for water. Get boullion cubes. Knorr vegetarian vegetable cubes can be had at Target (sometimes Payless and Marsh, but not consistently), and low-sodium ones are available at Nature’s Pharm. I THINK they’re about $2.50 for enough cubes to get you a gallon of broth.

    And it’s really a myth that vegans don’t get enough protein, or even that they have to try hard to do so. If you eat enough QUALITY calories, you are getting enough protein. Most Americans eat way too much anyway, so don’t compare your intake with the standard diet. As long as you get your beans and legumes, whole grains and other good carbs, you will do just fine.

    And oh, that recipe sounds wonderful. I might make this for Cameron; I know he’ll devour it.

  4. Lentils are awesome! And I’ve been looking for something new to do with kale. (We always cook it up with olive oil and garlic – good but we’re in a rut.)

    As far as veggie stock, you can make your own. Put an onion, a few carrots, garlic, parsley or cilantro and whatever other veggies you have on hand in a pot of water, bring to a boil, simmer 45 minutes or so, strain, and voila! You can even throw in stuff you’d normally throw out (carrot ends, onion peels, cauliflower stalks, etc.). Every so often I make a big pot, then divide it up and stock my freezer.

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